August 23rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Tommy Morrison (Date UNK)

Tommy Morrison (Date Unknown


San Francisco, CA- Last week I posted this reportedly recent picture of Tommy Morrison, former WBO heavyweight (+ $200 lb.) champion Tommy Morrison. Having dealt with being HIV Positive for some 17 years, that alone is an incredible feat, not only from a physical level, but an emotional one as well. Only 44 years young, Morrison’s condition has ravaged his body. But should Morrison’s death be imminent as his mother reports, I want to say that anyway you look at it, be it right or wrong, Tommy Morrison did things his way, to which I’ll explain later.


His being infected with HIV, something he could have gotten through dirty needles from Steroid use, yeah Roids, tatoos, or sex is not really important, rather that this kid from Gravette, Arkansas, watched as his storybook like life turned into what amounts to a real life documentary of horror-like proportions. Morrison’s playing Tommy Gunn in Sylvester Stalone’s Rocky 5 flick, a role first offered to my Golden Gloves teammate Terry Davis, (that’s a story or movie in itself) was not something that evoked the second coming of John Wayne, born Marion Morrison, who turns out to be a distant cousin to Tommy “The Duke” Morrison.

John Wayne AKA Marion Morrison

John Wayne AKA Marion Morrison


But it gave him almost unparalleled worldwide exposure that you couldn’t purchase if you wanted to. And while no Academy Award nominations were bestowed upon Tommy, here was this young and quite good looking man who was a “Suicide Blond,” meaning his hair was “dyed by his own hands,” who could have done things in the media, commercials, endorsements, Tommy Morrison was going places until that dreadful February 10, 1996 evening when the Nevada Commission acknowledged Morrison was HIV Positive. Banned from that point forward, Morrison fought in Japan HIV+, West Virginia and Mexico, the last being in 2008. He is also 1-0 in MMA & 1-0 in Muay Thai kickboxing.


While reading something put together by, it seems Tommy’s mother Diana Morrison says she’s just waiting for a call confirming what she says is Morrison’s imminent death. The manner in which Mrs. Morrison described her son, bedridden for months, alive via ventilator, this deviates greatly from the story being put forth by Trisha Morrison, Tommy’s wife who told that he is in failing health because of Miller Fisher Syndrome/Guillain Barre Syndrome, which the website says is “a very rare nervous disease that causes abnormal muscle coordination, paralysis of the eye muscles, absence of the tendon reflexes, muscle weakness and respiratory failure.”  In other words he has ARC.

Morrison Chest Courtesy

Morrison Chest Wound Courtesy


Having recently worked in a building with an agency that feeds HIV patients, I can tell you that the survival rate from

Sly & Tommy In Better Times

Sly & Tommy In Better Times

AIDs and or ARC, short for “Aids Related Conditionscan exceed 25 years. Morrison denied the HIV status and never took ANY HIV medications. Going back to the ESPN story, Diana Morrison says, “He’s been in denial ever since he’s had it (HIV).”  That’s too bad, because had Morrison allowed himself to take this current generation of AIDs drugs, then his mother wouldn’t be waiting on that phone call that she says is coming much sooner rather than later.

Pedro Fernandez


  1. From what I was told by former opponent and friend Ray Mercer, Tommy as of June 2012 had only a couple of months to live due to a hole in his chest that wouldn’t heal. That was related to HIV. He has obviously outlived that prognosis although it’s sad to hear what is reported here today. For all it’s worth Tommy seems to be at ease with his condition and like the warrior he’s always been he can only continue to fight until he has no more to give. If there was only a cure for a disease that has robbed many of life then sad stories like this wouldn’t have to be written.

    Nick Bellafatto on August 24th, 2013 at 2:46 AM
  2. Wow!! Marion Morrison, aka John Wayne, the boy who made a conscious decision NOT to go into the military during WW II because it would effect his acting career. Then, after the war struts around like some tough guy, questioning other peoples patriotism. Sounds like a PUSSY to me.

    David in Dunedin on August 24th, 2013 at 6:05 AM
  3. David, doesn’t sound like a pussy sounds like a Republican

    Santa Cruz Jim on August 25th, 2013 at 7:04 PM
  4. Ten, maybe twelve years ago. Morrison was in studio with Tom Tolbert at the mighty KNBR… Tolbert talked about the off air conversations between he and Morrison and from what Tolbert laid out… To call Morrison “someone in denial” was the understatement of the century. He was telling Tolbert that there was no such thing as AIDS and HIV and that it was a Government plot, etc… In short, he freaked Tolbert out.

    Jack Dunne on August 27th, 2013 at 2:32 PM
  5. And I took crap from people for saying his wife was in denial! Food, Jack, I’m hungry in Hungary! HELP!

    Pedro Fernandez on August 27th, 2013 at 4:30 PM
  6. Pedro… I don’t know if she was in denial or under some incredible mind control but she was having unprotected sex with him after it was known the world over he was HIV positive… That’s either complete denial or something else completely abnormal.

    Jack Dunne on August 28th, 2013 at 10:52 AM

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